Archive for February, 2012

Northeast Ohio Town Hall Meeting – Building Better Neighborhoods

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Town Hall Meeting – Building Better Neighborhoods

Thursday March 1, 2012

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Northeast Ohio residents

voice your questions, concerns, suggestions at:


Fatima Family Center 6600 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland

Cuyahoga County Library : Eastman Branch 11602 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland

Mason Community Learning Center 700 East Exchange Street, Akron


Can’t Make It?

Join the live chat on and the discussions on Facebook & Twitter



Nominate a Central or Kinsman resident for A Living History Award!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Call for Nominations

Do you know of a resident of Cleveland’s Central, Garden Valley, or Kinsman-Union neighborhoods of any age who deserves recognition for their leadership and commitment to the community?  Help us honor this person by nominating them for the 2010 Living History Award presented by Burten, Bell, Carr, Development, Inc. and Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland.

The purpose of the Living History Award is to honor individuals currently making history in our community just as we celebrate those who made history in the past.  This award will be presented in front of over 300 youth to show them that history is being made in the present and in their community not just what they read in a history book.  Previous honorees include a broad range of history makers from Judge Jean Murrell Capers who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the City of Cleveland’s Law Department Prosecutor’s Office in 1946 to 16-year-old Earlaina Kemp who was the first high school student in Cleveland to win the national Scenarios USA Script and Story Writing Contest for her story, “MANchild” in 2008.


A Living History Honoree is someone who demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Lives in Ward 5;
  • Has made a significant contribution or historical achievement;
  • Individual of any age;
  • Someone youth can relate to and be inspired by.


Submission Criteria

Nominators are to submit a brief description and/or resume along with the contact information of the nominee.  The description should illustrate how the person meets the criteria listed above.   Nominations are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 12, 2012 to:

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104 Cleveland, OH 44104 (postal mail),
216.341.2683 (fax), (email).
  If you have any questions, please contact Sherita Mullins, Program Manager at 216.341.1455.

FREE Self Defense Training

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012



“Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training (R.A.D)”


RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.  It is a comprehensive self-defense course for women high school age and above.  That begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defensive training.  The course is led by officers of the Cleveland Division of Police, who are certified R.A.D. instructors.

The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness.  The course includes lecture, discussion and self defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities.


Hosted   by the Cleveland Division of Recreation 

Starts   Promptly At 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Mondays,   March 5, 12, 19, 2012 at John    F. Kennedy    Recreation  Center   173300 Harvard Avenue,    Cleveland, Ohio


Wednesdays,   April 11, 18, 25, 2012 at Collinwood  Recreation Center 16300 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland,    Ohio


“FREE” Class   is limited to 30 participants (Must attend all three classes to complete the   program, fitness-type clothing is recommended) 

Future   sessions will be offered at these and other recreation centers in the City of   Cleveland




For more information and sign-up call

216 623-5080

Got a great idea for a neighborhood project? Make a “Pitch for change”!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


The Cleveland Colectivo, a Cleveland-based “giving circle”, will be hosting “Pitch for Change” on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:30pm at Shaker Launch House (3558 Lee Road Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120).

The “Pitch for Change” event will help the Cleveland Colectivo identify grantees for the 2012 grant funding cycle.  Prospective grantees will have two minutes to pitch their innovative idea or project to Cleveland Colectivo members and other attendees.  Attendees at the event will get to vote on the best presentation that night and the winner will receive the donations collected at the door along with an invitation to join round two of the Cleveland Colectivo grant funding process.

For a suggested $5 donation at the door, all attendees (whether presenting or listening) will get a vote to determine the best “fast pitch” presentation of the evening.

Anyone who is interesting in pitching an idea should go to to review the instructions for presenters.  Sign up to present will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin at 6:00pm and end at 6:30pm.  We will hear from the first 30 presenters who sign up that evening.  We will consider hosting a second evening of presentations if we can’t accommodate all potential presenters.

The Cleveland Colectivo is an organization of Greater Cleveland residents coming together to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects.  Group members pool their donations, and then distribute grants once a year to fund imaginative and worthwhile projects that benefit Cleveland.


To learn more about Shaker Launch House, the Cleveland Colectivo’s partner in the “Pitch for Change” event, visit:


For more information about the Cleveland Colectivo, how to become a member and projects we have funded each year since 2006, visit:


For more information about the event on February 23rd, please contact Katherine Readey (216-577-2659).

Youth Summer Job Opportunity–Cleveland Green Corps!

Monday, February 13th, 2012

You can earn a paycheck and save money for college!

You can make new friends!

You can learn about gardening, business, healthy living and culinary skills!

You can do anything you put your mind to!

Green Corps is a seasonal work-study program for high school youth in Cleveland. Students work to maintain Learning Farms, harvest and sell produce at markets, and help produce Ripe from Downtown Salsa.

Throughout the season, these youth learn life skills, agriculture and horticulture skills, business skills, and environmental stewardship. Students work together to learn how to make their own lives and their communities better.

You can take action and make a difference in the world!

You can have a fun summer job!

You can make Cleveland and your neighborhood a better place!

You can work and make a positive difference in your community!

Apply for the program by March 30, 2012.




Become a neighborhood leader in 2012!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP):

Do you have an idea, project or neighborhood based organization that is trying to make Cleveland a better City?

*Do you want to improve your leadership skills but have not had an opportunity?

*Are you having trouble applying for grants, finding and retaining volunteers, or getting others to see your vision?

*Could you benefit from a  program that increases your skills, resources and  knowledge?

*Would you like to be a part of a growing  network of citizens who are committed to making Cleveland the City we all know it can be?

The Neighborhood Leadership Development
Program (NLDP)
is a free 12 session, 8 month program that provides individuals the tools
needed to become more leaders in their neighborhoods. These tools are in the
form of knowledge, experience and a network of dedicated Clevelanders. The NLDP
is looking to select 16 Clevelanders for the 2011-2012 Cohort. The new class
begins in September.


The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program
(NLDP) is a unique program designed to enhance the diverse leadership abilities
of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region
which works for everyone.


The vision of the Neighborhood Leadership
Development Program is to foster the growth of a new vanguard of engaged
neighborhood leaders in the City of Cleveland who are prepared and committed to
creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout Cleveland and the

Follow this link for more details!

Work to bring fresh and healthy food to your neighborhood!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Have trouble finding healthy food at a good price all year round in your neighborhood?

Want to do something about it?

Join the Neighborhood Working Group!

Contact FreshLink at:

or  216-368-8513

HelpBBC and  FreshLink as they work with food retail stores, community gardens, and community centers to help bring healthy foods all year round to your neighborhood!

Be a part of the solution!

Help change your neighborhood food environment!

FreshLink is a neighborhood-led effort linking residents with community partners to increase access to healthy foods.